In the spirit of being transparent and open as a charity, and in keeping with OSCR recommendations, the ASG now makes its Trustees's Annual Report and Financial Statements public.

Click here to view the documents.

Buying a Telescope

Beginners considering the purchase of a telescope should definitely read the general introduction How to choose your first telescope from BBC Sky at Night magazine.  Once that information has been digested, there are some good sites that recommend specific telescopes for beginners:

For anyone interested in the potential for amateur radio astronomy, a very interesting discussion of the possibilities is hosted by the British Astronomical Association.


The Go Stargazing website is a useful resource, publicising stargazing events, with guidance on the best locations and what you can expect to see.

NASA Eclipse website - information on past and future solar and lunar eclipses. -  Online Virtual Astronomy Club organised by Dave Eagle.

Sky Events Calendar by Fred Espenak and Sumit Dutta of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NightSkyPix - information on the Bortle Scale and Light Pollution Classes

A Guide to Smartphone Astrophotography - "a how-to guide for doing your own smartphone astrophotography" published by NASA

Other Software and Websites

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.  It shows a realistic sky as you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  Runs on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Virtual Moon Atlas used by more than 750 000 persons all over the world. Used in several books, magazines, observatories, universities, Web sites and blogs. Used in Chandrayaan 1 lunar mission preparation. Recommended by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Ministry of National Education.  Available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Celestia is free space simulation software that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - information on all NASA JPL unmanned missions.  JPL also run The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series every month.  This page has information on upcoming lectures and an archive of previously shown webcasts.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Stargazers Lounge - popular amateur astronomy website, forum and source of information and advice.

Space Weather - news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center - the US government's official space weather site.

The BBC The Sky at Night magazine website - astronomy news, equipment reviews and information.
The Sky at Night also publishes an "Astronomy for Beginners" section - A mainly Earth science website but also contains many articles and news on planetary science and astronomy.


Photo by E Gibson

Photo by R Hill

Normally, the ASG either hosts or attends a wide range of public events during the year. For example, public lectures at Strathclyde University (above left) and a variety of outreach activities, including talks, solar observing during the summer months (above right), and more general night-time observing during the rest of the year.

Understandably, due to restrictions imposed by the need to follow Government rules and guidelines on containing the Coronavirus, these public meetings, and public gatherings for the 2020/2021 are suspended until further notice.

However, the ASG has decided to continue with the publicly available monthly lectures through the medium of Zoom.  For members of the ASG, the details of these lectures are published in the monthly Newsletter.  For non-members, the details will be published here on the ASG’s website and on its open to all Facebook page, prior to the event.  The Zoom lectures are normally held on the third Thursday of the month with the Zoom room opening at 19:15 for a 19:30 to 21:00 lecture.  Occasionally an additional public lecture is added to the schedule.  A date and time will be published in the members’ Newsletters, the website and public Facebook page, prior to the event.  

Also, the ASG’s Council has decided that in the interests of the Society’s commitment to public outreach, members of the public will be able to attend the normally members only, monthly  “Astronomy for Beginners” classes.  These Zoom sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month in October to March, 19:30 to 21:00.  For non-members, a Zoom joining link will be published on the ASG’s website and its open to all, Facebook page.

Presently the Astrophotography Group will remain open to members only.  If you are interested in astrophotography, from just being curious to being an experienced imager, please click here to become a member.

The Society has its own YouTube channel where lecture that have been recorded from Zoom during the Covid-19 can be viewed.

The main objective of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is to promote an interest in Astronomy. Membership of the Society is open to everyone; and all ages are welcomed. While the lecture program is free, its only a small part of what the Society offers. By joining the Society, all the extra benefits below are available.

  • Access to the Acre Road observatory twice a month from October through to March where you can use the computer driven 16" Meade LX200 telescope, and learn a little more about observing, and hopefully if the skies are clear see some fantastic views of some of the amazing sights the universe has to offer.
  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
  • Darker Skies weekend, held at Blencathra Fields Studies Centre, outside Keswick in the Lake District, where some of the darkest skies in Scotland can be found. A truly fantastic weekend of observing, that is only available to members.
  • Monthly Newsletter

All these extra benefits are available with membership to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. Membership costs £20 per year for those ages 16 and over, and is free for those under 16.

Please note that the Society is in the process of transitioning from the old ASG to our new form as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (or SCIO for short) which is called "The Astronomical Society of Glasgow SCIO" registered charity number SC049446.  The old ASG is being dissolved with the permission of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

To apply to join please download, complete and submit the Membership Application Form

It would be of immense benefit to the Society if you could pay your subscription by bank transfer to the bank account on the form, as this would save unnecessary trips to the bank in these pandemic times.  If paying by bank transfer please can you use your full name as the reference so that the Treasurer can correctly identify payments.  Completed forms can either be posted or scanned and emailed to the address on the form.  Subscriptions paid by bank transfer will be treated as donations until the corresponding form is received.

Members' only articles, members' only events in the ASG Calendar and the archive of newsletters are only visible once you have logged in.

Please be assured that the personal information supplied by you to the Society is treated confidentially, is used purely for administrative purposes, will not be disclosed to any third party and will be handled in compliance with our data protection policy.  Also note that although membership for Junior members (under 16) is free, we do still need a completed membership form so we can send you our Newsletter and membership card, and have your approval to record your details in the database as well as record parental / guardian consent to your membership.

The ASG Council has roles and responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution. The Council meets regularly, and members may view the minutes of Council meetings.

The Council Members and Trustees for the 2020-2021 session, and their assigned responsibilities, are as follows:

Andrew Conway

ETMO Working Group (project lead)
ASG deputy Webmaster
Acre Road Support

David Degan

Summer Outing Organiser
Kelvingrove Point of Contact
Roukenglen & RSPB Outreach
Society Supplies Buyer

Jim Foreman

ETMO Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian
Constitution Working Group

Julian Gibson

Vice President
Membership Secretary
ASG Webmaster
ETMO Working Group
PVG Representative
Data Controller
Outreach (various)
Acre Road Support
Constitution Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Craig McNey

Vice President
Constitution Working Group (lead)
Newsletter Sub Editor (review)
Roukenglen Point of Contact
Acre Road Point of Contact (Univ. of Glasgow)
ASG Event Rota Contact
ASG Telescope Custodian
Zoom Co-ordinator

Laura Stenhouse

Vice President
Social Media Working Group (lead)
Facebook Moderator
Twitter Moderator

Paul Makin

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group

Henry Bryce-Smith

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Observing Section Visual Presentations

Colin Robb

Ordinary Council Member
Astrophotography Group (lead)
Acre Road Support
Outreach (various)
ETMO Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Frank Conn

Ordinary Council Member
Society Publicity
Constitution Working Group
Outreach Support (Various)
Auchengillan (Scouts) Point of Contact
Hamilton Low Parks Museum Point of contact
Custodian of the Lecture Attendance Book
ASG Telescope Custodian

Lorna Napier

Ordinary Council Member
Newsletter Editor (joint)
Newsletter Distribution (Email & Postage)
Curator of Outreach Materials
Acre Road Support

Chris O’Kane

Ordinary Council Member
Public Relations Spokesperson (TV/ Radio)
Newsletter Editor (joint)
RSPB Point of Contact
New Lanark Point of Contact
Whitelees Point of Contact
Acre Road Support
Curator of Outreach Materials

Alasdair Taylor

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Zoom Co-ordinator